Knit & Crochet – Baby Blankies and more…. *** Update 10/23/16 Bandage Brigade Continues ***


This cute little blanket was made with one ball of Baby Blankie in color citrus fruits by Mary Maxim using their Rolling Ripple pattern.  The pattern is free and uses one ball of yarn, finished size is about 24″ by 28″.  This was my evening project in September and in October I started this sweet tiny blanket …


it is designed to be a car seat blankie and should finish about 17″ by 19″.  It is from a Mary Maxim kit that has four skeins of Mary Maxim Baby Value Yarn and patterns for 4 different knit blankies.  They also have this kit in a crochet version — I think I need it.

Another finish!!  This was finished a while ago but sat patiently waiting for me to sew on the pocket.  It is called My Constant Companion designed by Janet Scanlon and published in Knitter’s Stash: Favorite Patterns from America’s Yarn Shops.  The yarn is from Brown Sheep.



And last for today….

I am happy to say that I completed seven bandages for the Dove Bandage Brigade over the past year. I sent the bandages off at the beginning of the month but had not actually paid that much attention to the blog – it has not been updated since January 2016.  Since I have encouraged others to make these I have sent a note to the coordinator to learn if there continues to be a need for the bandages.

***I have already received a reply and the Bandage Brigade is quite busy and the need for bandages continues.  23 October 2016 @ 5:58 PST (AZ).  ***

In the meantime, I will continue with baby blankies…. I plan to send a couple to my niece who has an absolutely beautiful infant baby boy.  After that I will be donating to Project Linus or my local Children’s Hospital.

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It’s Santa!


He’s done!   This is Mini Be Good For Goodness Sake, it is from art work by Dona Gelsinger and charted by Heaven and Earth Designs.

Santa was started as part of a cross stitch challenge in January and I put in the final stitches on 17 October 2016.  Stitching is on 18 count tan aida, 2 over 1.


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Great Finishes and …..

My fabulous Halloween house tissue box cover!! These are all sides, all together and ready for the holiday…






Next up….

another plastic canvas finish….



a few days spent with Emma..



and now… back to Santa…..

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Haunted House in Plastic Canvas

Fun with plastic canvas!   I must admit that I totally ignored plastic canvas when it comes to needlepoint.  I don’t know why since I never gave it a chance.  Well…. I have been having a great time with this project and here are my in progress pics.

Of course, there were a few cutting errors — but plastic canvas is inexpensive.  I decided that the roof was to be stitched on the black canvas provided in the kit… wrong… but it sure looks great.

The walls were stitched as I would stitch any needlepoint project but since I didn’t follow the instructions provided I ran out of yarn.  No worries, I just substituted out some persian I had in my resource center.  But for the remainder, I did all stitching as instructed using half-cross.  I don’t think the coverage is that great using half-cross so I might think twice before I buy another Mary Maxim kit — but I could just sub the yarn before I even start.







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Halloween Tissue Box & Emma Sampler

The walls of my tissue box house are in progress and I have been struggling with the window frames.  I didn’t like the look of using one strand of yarn – bad coverage — so I tried double wrapping and it was too messy.  My latest try is to pad the frame as I do the wrap.  house windowIt seems to disguise the scanty coverage of the yarn.  I think it will work.

The other project this week was the Emma Elliot Sampler. It looks wonderful –I am a huge sampler fan.  As I was stitching, I was following the chart and stitching the errors that were in the chart.  After a good look – with a magnifier – I think the chart has a few errors.  I ripped and restitched a couple of areas and I don’t really care if it is accurate to the original stitcher — I like it!

emma sampler 9-1-16

Back to Santa tomorrow..


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Santa and Doing Challenges

So …. I have continued on with my Santa and filled in the holes in the background.  What a great looking guy!  

I have learned that the ongoing haed challenges are not for me. Normally I like to participate in challenges but this new style where you have to stitch a particular way and by page is not helpful.  I might be the only one that can see them but there are definite lines between the 10 by 10 blocks and between the pages. I was afraid of that and it is why I selected a smaller format chart.

And now I am thinking about next year and my 2017 stitching … I have pulled out a Mirabella called Savannah’s Curtsy, and I really want to do a Halloween by Tilton. I will post picks when I decide! 

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Plastic Canvas – New For Me

Spook House Kit by Mary Maxim

I started learning needlepoint over 30 years ago but never stitched on plastic canvas. One of my coworkers is a fan and her pieces are pretty cute so I decided to give it a try.

Of course, the project that I “needed” was a discontinued kit by Mary Maxim so it took a little time to track it down. I found it on ebay and just started yesterday. The kit is called Spook House Tissue Box Cover. 

It’s fun!  Just like needlepoint but with a different order. Cut canvas first then stitch … I am still trying to decide why not stitch first then cut.  Regardless,  I am following the instructions – almost.  I am guessing that to save yarn it says to use half cross but even with plastic canvas I just can’t. I know the coverage will not be as good so it is likely that I will run out of yarn. 

I don’t know how long I can keep away from Santa.. I expect to have him back on the frame by the weekend.



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More Mini Be Good

mini be good 15aug2015 for blog

So I tried — but couldn’t help myself and went back to Mini Be Good – I have worked on nothing else.  This shows page 2 completed for the challenge.  This time I am really going to try to leave it for at least a few days.


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Christmas In July – The End

I ended the  month with cross stitch ornaments —

ornaments july2016
Gingerbread Boy & Girl

These came from Kount on Kappie book 36.  I stitched them on 22 count hardanger one over one.  The white backstitch is two strands — I started with one strand and it seemed to dissapear, so I removed and restitched.  The background is backstitch using one strand.

mini be good 6 sections 3aug2016Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake

I also continuted stitching Mini Be Good for the current HAED challenge and am about 60% done with page 2.

It was fun to work only Christmas theme projects fot the month on July.

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Christmas in July Continues

Only a few days left for the Christmas in July themed stitching.

This past week I finished my gingerbread boy ornament. It would be safe to say that the red and green striped background took longer than the boy — well worth it.

gingerbread boy 26july2016


And the next ten rows of page 2 of Be Good For Goodness Sake..

mini be good blog 26july2016

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